The 18th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest—Free Family Fun!
Make plans now to attend Harper County’s biggest and most colorful event, the Sunflower Balloon Fest. Sponsored by the Anthony Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsor, SandRidge Energy. This year’s event will offer spectacular hot air balloons, great food, and myriad possibilities for fun for all ages.
The three-day event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Anthony Airport. Parking and admission are free. Friday evening the balloons will be inflated as the weather permits. Flights are possible; if not, balloons may stand and glow. Festival-goers will be able to walk among the balloons and visit with pilots and crew. A fireworks display at dusk will finish off a lovely evening.
Sunrise on Saturday is a perfect time for a hot air balloon flight. Pilots will be briefed at 6 a. m. and, if the weather allows, will start inflating their balloons by 6:30. Arrive at the airport early for the best views of the launches. Balloons from all over, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and California, will participate. Among them are three special shaped balloons, including “Jack-in-the-Box”, “Keystone Willie”, and “Freedom Flight V”. Balloon rides are $150. Later in the day, look for helicopter rides at $40 each, and powered parachutes.

After the flights, visit downtown Anthony for a wide variety of activities, including the F-4D Phantom jet fighter flight simulator; Show & Shine Car Show at the Courthouse; Merriam Midway carnival; a fun run, “Outrun Hunger” sponsored by Harper County Extension; tours of the Anthony Historical Museum; food and craft vendors on Main Street; Dutch oven cooking by Boy Scout Troop #855; walk-around magician Bob Phillips; and, new this year, a solar-powered bubble tower; and a live carving demo by a chain saw artist. Local merchants and restaurants will welcome shoppers with specials all day. At 2:00 p.m. a parade will proceed down Main Street.

Saturday evening the pilots will try for another balloon flight at the airport. Launch window, weather permitting, will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. After the flight, the whole family can dance, or just enjoy listening or dancing, to the music of Marshall Matthews, Debbi Cay, Brian Lee Dunning and the Memphis Kings, in the Wayne Dennis parking lot at Main and Anthony, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday morning at sunrise will be the last flight time for the hot air balloons. Launch time is 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. After watching the balloons take off, there’s still time to attend worship at one of our local churches before lunch and the trip home.

We recommend that you arrive one hour before flight time. For more information call 620-842-5456 or visit the website,
New Event – Chainsaw Folk Artist Live Demonstration
The whole family will enjoy watching an artist at work—with a gigantic carving tool! TJ Jenkins will be here on Saturday, May 9, showing off his carving skills as he turns logs of cedar into a variety of creatures. Some of his work will be available for sale. Look for TJ’s tent in the 100 block of east Main Street.
Outrun Hunger Fun Run/5K R/Walk
Put on your running shoes and “Outrun Hunger” in the 1 mile/5 K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Harper County Extension, the Run/Walk is open to everyone. You may choose to run or walk the 1 mile or 5K race. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for youth. Register on May 9 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the Higher Grounds and Leather Bounds Celebration room in downtown Anthony. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Harper Mission Mart and the Ministerial Association of Anthony. Let’s outrun hunger!

17th Annual Show & Shine Car Show
The popular Car Show organized by Troy Lankton of Classic Woods is back! The show surrounds the Historic Harper County Courthouse just one block north of Main Street between Jennings and Anthony Avenues. Look for classic and antique cars, trucks and motorcycles, on display from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Registration to enter your vehicle in the show is $10. All proceeds go to the restoration of the Anthony Theatre. The show is free to the public. Vote for your favorites, and feel free to take plenty of pictures.

Reach! Pop! Stomp! Chase
The Solar Powered Bubble Tower is an entertaining, energy-saving, laughter-inviting attraction for both participants and spectators. New this year to the Sunflower Balloon Fest, the Bubble Tower promises to be one of our most exciting activities. Bubbles blast in huge bunches from the 14-foot Tower. Kids of all ages (teens and adults too!) wait eagerly for the bubbles to fall, catching and popping them as they come down. The Tower is powered by the sun, but has a battery backup for cloudy days and nighttime. Spectators will have as much fun as participants, as they watch the crowd swoop and run and dance after the bubbles, or collecting masses of bubbles on their heads! Be sure to watch for the FREE Bubble Tower downtown.

The ultimate goal is to make the F-4D Phantom Simulator a fully interactive aviation simulator. The F-4D Phantom Simulator is in a continual refinement process. After each event, in which it has made an appearance, upgrades are made to further it's restoration. All of the proceeds go directly to the restoration of the simulator. F-4 Phantom II Thunderbird Simulator is always looking to get any information regarding the USAF Thunderbirds and The F-4 Phantom II Aircraft.
If you have a story, experience or an interesting comment regarding the Thunderbirds or F-4 Phantom II please contact us.

Street Dance Featuring Marshall Matthews

Tribute Artist/International Elvis Entertainer Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings with Debbi Cay and Brian Lee Dunning will perform in concert from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Wayne Dennis Parking Lot on Main Street. Event will be moved across the street to the Anthony Municipal Hall in case of inclement weather. Matthews has most recently performed in Ponca City, Kansas City, Eureka, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at The Kansas Star Casino and for the Anthony Area Chamber of Commerce at their 95th Anniversary Banquet. He has performed in Canada and coast to coast throughout the country. The full concert band numbers from 9 to 13 accomplished professional musicians depending on the size of the venue’s stage. Popular regional female vocalist Debbi Cay opens the show with a combination of country and pop numbers.
Fabulous Fireworks
The skies will glow with spectacular fireworks on Friday evening about 9:30 p.m., following the balloon glow or balloon flight. It’s a truly unique event because the spectators can be on the balloon field just outside the fireworks safety line, close enough to hear, see, and FEEL the fireworks like no other show. Our pyro's might even have a surprise for you again this year.

Merriam Midway Carnival

An Estimated 350 million people visit a carnival each year. This makes a carnival one of the most popular forms of family entertainment in the Country. A carnival remains one of the safest forms of family entertainment. Carnivals are known for their draw of a crowd and it is hard to resist the bright lights of the rides, the fun of the games and the chance to be a kid again.
This carnival is known to have a clean & professional crew and midway. They use Gull Wing Silent Generators which are quiet and do not distract from the festival; They provide benches, umbrellas and courtesy tents; The entire midway is color coordinated and with A high level of cleanliness and professionalism and ride inspections are done daily. They travel with a large array of adult rides, children rides, food booths and games along with many different games that are flush with wonderful prizes.

Balloon Pilots
Balloonists attending this year’s show include Luke Cesnik, Balloon Meister, flying “Freedom Flight IV”; Wil LaPointe, flying “Keystone Willy”; Chris Sabia flying “High & Free”; Jim Forshee, flying “Prairie Sunset”; Wynn (Gus) Gustafson, flying “Freedom Flight V”; Brian Carlson flying “Jack In The Box; Steve Libel, flying “Air Hawk”; James Bowman, flying “Dot”; Kiman Kingsley, flying “GOTTALUVIT”; Tony Goodnow, flying “Hocus Pocus”; Royce Miller, flying “Green Hornet”; Lori Hutchinson, flying "Breaking Dawn"; Paul Costello, flying "FireCat"; Bruce Skach, flying "ZROZRO7”; Derek Masengale, flying “Majesty On High”; Darrin Harrison, flying “RETRO”; Kasey Schwemmer flying “Clontarf The Magnificent”.
Meet our Balloon Meister
Balloon Name: Freedom Flight IV
Pilot Name: Luke Cesnik, Balloon Meister
Hometown: St. Cloud Minnesota
Freedom Flight, the POW/MIA Hot Air Balloon Team, has flown in more than seven hundred events since its first flight in November 1989. The non-profit now has three balloons that attend 35 to 45 events a year, staffed entirely by volunteers. Now in its twenty-second year, Freedom Flight continues to attract attention.
The purpose of Freedom Flight is to administer and operate our hot air balloons and related equipment in order to educate the public about the POW-MIA Issue.
The Freedom Flight POW-MIA hot air balloons can be seen flying at balloon rallies, city festivals, veterans functions, community parades, dedications, patriotic celebrations and ceremonies. A Freedom Flight Balloon serves as a high impact, visual message in promoting the POW- Jack-N-The Box
Jack-N-The Box is a 110' tall special shaped hot air balloon made by Aerogmagic Balloons of Brazil in 2001. Jack travels the United States and parts of the world bringing smiles to the faces of kids of all ages. Jack is owned and piloted by Brian Carlson of Oklahoma City, OK. Did you know that Jack is only 1'1" shorter than the Statue of Liberty is from her heel to the top of her head?
We are looking forward to seeing this huge balloon. If weather permits, the 500 lb. Jack-N- The Box balloon will fly twice a day at the Anthony Airport.
Keystone Willy
Balloon Name: Keystone Willy
Pilot Name: Wil LaPointe,
Hometown: Collinsville OK
Wil LaPointe is the owner of Skyway Balloons, Inc. and has served as our Balloon Meister for a number of years. This year Wil will be giving balloon rides with his large 8-ride basket if weather permits.
Wil trained to become a licensed pilot and has been quite successful at competitive racing, eventually being ranked #5 in the entire country. Wil has several balloons but will be flying his new balloon Keystone Willy this year.
For the last thirteen years, Wil has been having the time of his life introducing people to the joy of hot air ballooning.
Dutch Oven Feed
Troop #855 will again hold their Dutch Oven Feed at the Wayne Dennis parking lot from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The menu will consist of the main dish, vegetables, yeast breads and desserts. Anyone wanting to help cook is welcome, but there will be no prizes, just a lot of fun. A free-will donation will get you all you can eat and will help support the troop and their activities. If you ate with them last year you know how great the food was. If you didn’t, come try them this year.

Powered Parachutes
You probably know someone that has always dreamed of flying like a bird. Powered parachutes are as close to that kind of open, stress-less, free flying as you can get. Powered parachutes are also one of the safest and easiest ways to get into the sky. Flying is an age old desire of humans. And
fortunately, in this day and age, anyone can learn to fly. The truth is that flying in a commercial airliner is more like riding in a bus than the fantasy most of us dream about. At 35,000 feet, the scenery is interesting for an hour-- maybe. But to those of us who want to experience flying "by the seat of one's pants", the real fun is soaring at 'bird' speed, just above the tree tops. There will be Powered parachutes at the airport on Saturday. Come out to see them and visit with the pilots.
Party on the Patio
Higher Grounds & Leather Bounds will be doing a "Party on the Patio" on Saturday, May 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will be serving hot dogs, and burgers. Bags of chips and sodas will also be available. The funds raised will go toward Main St. Ministries, Ignition Youth, Sparks Kids, as well as many other projects around the Coffee Shop. Thanks to everyone in the community for supporting your local hang-out spot! Get your ticket to win a Husqvarna RZ 46i lawn mower for just $25. All proceeds support Main Street Ministry and are tax-deductible. Balloon Fest Weekend the winner will be chosen! Get your tickets now to WIN A MOWER.

Thank You PrairieLand Partners
PrairieLand Partners has been a sponsor from the very beginning of our Sunflowersm Balloon Fest. They have also very generously donated the use of one of their gators every year to use in the parade and at the airport. We appreciate your support.
Thank You Anthony Kiwanis Club
Anthony Kiwanis Club will be our guiding light in the early morning and evening hours as they take care of all the parking at the Anthony Airport during the balloon fest. THANK YOU!
Thanks To The
Pilot Package Sponsors
Items for the pilot’s welcome packages have been donated by many merchants in Anthony. Thank you for your continued support in welcoming the balloon pilots and their families to Anthony. As of press time we don't have a complete list of all the donors.
Thanks to Jetts
Thank You Sherrie Eaton for collecting and preparing our pilots packages for us again this year and also for selling our t-shirts in your store. We appreciate your support of the Sunflower Balloon Fest.
Thanks to Parsons Farms
Thank you to Jeff and Kim Parsons for continuing to allow us to use your lot on South Pennsylvania for our carnival. Thanks also for furnishing a flat bed semi-trailer for our street dance.
Thanks to Mike & Jan Lanie
Thank you Mike and Jan for volunteering the use of your Limo for Marshall Matthews and for the use of your flat-bed trailer for the street dance.
The Historical Museum of Anthony
A special thank you to the Historical Museum of Anthony for allowing us to put our Sunflower Balloon Fest Banner on their fence for the month preceding the balloon fest.
Don’t forget to buy a t-shirt
Shirts are available at Jetts Shirts and sell for $15 in all sizes. Shirts are limited!


Downtown Anthony comes alive as spectators enjoy the 18th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest parade. Come join the fun! We have the Junior High Marching Band, Shrine units, balloon pilots and their crews, the Anthony Fire Department, Show and Shine Car Show entries, and much more. The parade will be Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m. The Anthony Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you and your family to participate in the parade. Line-up for the parade is located at Memorial Park, Lawrence & Main Street, and will be from 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. I you have any questions please contact Donna Crowe at 620-840-1113 or email
We hope to see you at the parade!
Anthony Police Department
Anthony Fire Department
Harper County EMS

Harper County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responds to Medical and Traumatic calls and proudly protects people living in and around Harper County. They operate out of 3 stations that protect a primarily rural area. Their department is County owned and their members are a combination of paid full and part-time status.
Anthony Police Department
The Anthony Police Department is comprised of six (6) sworn officers, one police chief and five officers who provide 24-hour law enforcement services for the Community of Anthony and one secretary.
Those officers are: Chief of Police Kenny Hodson, serving Anthony since 1980; Deputy Chief Matthew Schultz, serving Anthony since 2004; Officers Craig Hadsall, serving Anthony since 2012; Rebecca Mendoza, serving Anthony since 2015; Joe Barrientos, serving Anthony since 2012.
Anthony Fire Department
The Anthony Police Department is comprised of (1) Chief and Five (5) sworn officers who provide 24-hour law enforcement services for the Community of Anthony and one (1) Secretary.

Coloring Contest Winners
Anthony Elementary

Front row (L to R): Emma Reeves - Kindergarten, Isaac Whisman – 1st grade and Emmy Gerdes - Kindergarten. Back row (L to R): Israel Molina – 2nd grade, Abigail Horbelt – 1st grade, Jonathan Peffly – 3rd grade, Auburn Hill – 3rd grade, Halli Starks – 2nd grade and Lillyonna Roberts – 2nd grade. Not pictured is Bailey Johnson -3rd grade.
Attica Elementary
Color Contest Winners

4th Grade-Kendra Nelson - 3rd Grade-Kabrie Chance - 2nd Grade-Baylee Ricke - 1st Grade-Makena Mans – Kindergarten -Lizeth Mendoza
Bridges To Learning
Color Contest Winners

PM-Andrea Mendoza AM-Larry Heatherman
Harper Elementary
Jovani Garcia, Evelin Chirino, Rustin Denton Emily Harding, Jackson Welch Charollette Eastman - Kindergarden: Celeste McCreery
1st Grade: Brekah Newberry
2nd Grade: Isabel Alexander
3rd Grade: Zach Smith


Anthony Transient Guest Tax
Harper County Community Foundation

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative
Anthony Farmers Co-op
Banc Central
Cobblestone Inn & Suites
Freeport State Bank
Harper Co Economic Development
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
Irwin Potter Drug
KanOkla Networks
Kristy’s Kafe
MIPrint Shop
“JMB” /” PLS” /”QC Inc.”
Plumb Thicket Landfill
Strong’s Insurance, Inc.
The Spicer Family
Walker Family Dental
Wheatland Inn

Anthony Medical Center
Anthony Police Department
Anthony Fire Department
Harper County EMS

Anthony Liquor Store
Anthony Medical Center
Banc Central
Brad & Rebecca Carter
City of Anthony
Country Mutt Hut
Crowe Family
Farmers Oil Company Inc.
Friend of the Chamber
Gene Francis & Associates
Gene’s Heartland Foods
“JMB” / “PLS” / “QC Inc.”
McDermott Family Hardware
PrairieLand Partners
SPK Grocery, Inc.
Warner Diesel
Anthony Liquor Store
Mike & Jan Lanie
Parsons Farms
Jeff & Kim Parsons
Wyatt Trash Service
Mike & Connie Wyatt
Schedule of Events
May -7-8-9-10 – Merriam Midway Carnival  Pay-One-Price Wristbands  Thursday-Friday- 5 - 10 p.m. Saturday carnival open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.  Advance Wristband coupons available at Jetts and Higher Grounds & Leather Bounds.
Friday, May 8
Balloon pilots, families, and crews arriving all day
Helicopter Rides- 4 p.m. till dark - $40 per person
Tours of Historical Museum of Anthony at no charge from 10 a.m.–noon, 1-4 p.m.
5:30-7:00 p.m. – Mixer for pilots, sponsors & crew at Anthony Municipal Hall
Friday Evening at the Airport – We have 3 special shaped hot air balloons!
If weather permits the 500 lb, 110' tall Jack-In-The-Box, Freedom Flight V and Keystone Willy will fly or glow, along with all the other balloohns, at the Anthony Airport, weather permitting.
7:30 p.m. - Possible flight or hot balloon glow
Refueling at Anthony Airport if there is a glow, tether or flight!
Fireworks Display at dark At Anthony Airport
Saturday, May 9
6 a.m. – Pilot Briefing at Anthony Airport Pilot’s Lounge
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Launch window with balloons flying out of Anthony Airport (weather permitting)
All Day - 2015 NBC Baseball Tournament
Helicopter Rides - 8 a.m. till dark - $40 per person
Merriam Midway Carnival - All day
Food Vendors & Craft Vendors - All Day
Powered Parachutes - Off and on all day at the Anthony Airport - weather permitting
9 a.m. – Outrun Hunger 1Mile/5K Run/Walk-For Information contact Christy Depenbush (620-842-5445)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Show & Shine Car Show at the Harper County Courthouse
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Solar-Powered Bubble Tower with Bill Coleman
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Chainsaw Folk Artist Live Demo with TJ Jenkins
Tours of Historical Museum of Anthony at no charge from 10–noon, 1-4 p.m.
11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - F-4 Flight Simulator
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Lineup for Parade.
1 - 3 p.m. - Walk-Around-Magic Show by Bob Phillips
2 p.m. – Sunflowersm Balloon Fest Parade, Downtown Anthony
5:30 p.m. – Pilot Briefing at Anthony Airport Pilot’s Lounge
6 – 7 p.m. – Launch Window-Balloons launch from Anthony Airport (weather permitting)
If weather permits the 500 lb, 110' tall Jack N D Box, Freedom Flight V and Keystone Willy will fly or glow at the Anthony Airport along with all the other balloons.
8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Street Dance featuring Marshall Matthews, Award Winning International Elvis
Tribute Artist & the Memphis Kings with Debbi Cay. Dance at 130 E Main ) Dance will be held at the Municipal Hall if we have inclement weather.
Sunday, May 10
6 a.m. – Pilot Briefing at Anthony Airport Pilot’s Lounge
6:30 – 7:30 a.m. – Launch Window-Balloons fly from Anthony Airport (weather permitting).
Hot Air Balloon Rides ($150). 
As you can see,
It's Happening In Anthony, Kansas!